Amongst the many archaeological sites of county Mayo are holy wells, places often of great antiquity, steeped in custom and folklore. As part of the Mayo Holy Wells Project, the public’s assistance is being sought in recording the holy wells of the county.

The Mayo Holy Wells Project (www.mayo.ie/heritage/holywells) is an initiative of the Mayo Heritage Forum and is an action of the County Mayo Heritage Plan. It is funded by the Heritage Council and Mayo County Council. The project is being delivered by Tamlyn McHugh of Fadó Archaeology on behalf of Mayo County Council Heritage Office.

There are 146 holy wells recorded in County Mayo in the Archaeological Survey of Ireland. Many of these wells are still frequented, with active devotions still taking place. However, many more wells are now forgotten; the precise location and customs lost from living memory.

If you have information to share about any Holy Wells in county Mayo you are asked to take part in the Holy Wells of Mayo online survey.

Follow the link below to answer a few short questions and add the information you wish to share on your local holy well.

https://arcg.is/10nqbT

The closing date for records to be submitted is Monday October 24th, 2022.

If you have any queries about the Mayo Holy Well Survey or are part of a Mayo based community group who are considering developing a project to care for the holy well in your area, you can contact Tamlyn on 086 8706529 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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